Do We Have To Review Every Book We Read?
This was originally a topic for Let’s Talk Bookish hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books back in November, and I never got around to actually writing up my blog post for that topic so here we are, talking about it 2 months later! Better late than never, am I right?
I don’t know if I put this expectation on myself or if it’s just a given when you become a book reviewer, but book reviewers should be reviewing every book they read, right? That was certainly what I thought when I started reviewing books two years ago, but it is most definitely not a rule for blogging and reviewing. I mean, the purpose of becoming a book blogger is mainly to review books to talk about your thoughts and share that with others, but it’s a little unrealistic to expect that for every single book you read.
While I definitely think it’s important to share with people what you liked and didn’t like about a book, sometimes you just don’t really have anything to say about a book! For example, I recently read Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, and while I wrote a quick few sentences for goodreads, I didn’t review the book fully because I don’t feel like it’s my place to review someone’s life experiences.
Another reason why I don’t think that you should review every book you read is because well, we don’t get paid for this. The majority of us review books because we love to read and love to talk about books, and it’s just a hobby for the most part! Sometimes you just don’t have the time to really sit down and gather all your thoughts to write a review on a book, or if you don’t really have anything to say one way or the other, having to take the time to sit down and type something up can be something you don’t really want to do.
There is also a big difference between writing up a sentence or two as some quick thoughts (like I did with Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered) versus a fully thought out, formatted book review for a blog post like I did with here with Witches of Ash and Ruin, for example. Writing out a full review takes a surprisingly long time, especially when you do any sort of special formatting!
Now obviously if you receive an ARC from a publisher in exchange for a review, you should certainly try your best to not only review the book, but get it read and reviewed in a timely manner. (This is still something that I’m working on, don’t judge me).
TL;DR – No book blogger is required to review every single book they read.